Saturday, May 13, 2017

Subway Robbed At Gunpoint Early Saturday; Summery Street Fights And General Mayhem Return For 2017


A gunman robbed the Subway restaurant at 3952 North Sheridan overnight--and took a moment to rob the overnight worker, too.

The offender entered the store around 2:45 a.m., pulled out a handgun, took the store's cash and then demanded the female clerk's iPhone, too.

It all took place just a few steps south of the Sheridan Red Line station.

Police describe the offender as a heavyset white man who was wearing a black hoodie, a black hat, a black coat, and black jeans.

A Taste Of Summer

Saturday's early morning hours produced the first taste of summery crime volume that is surely coming our way with warmer weather.

Among the activities that will become more commonplace:

"Yoots" of another era | L.A. Taco
- Street fights on Boystown's Halsted bar strip, particularly around the intersections of Halsted/Cornelia and Halsted/Aldine.

Police spent much of the 3 a.m. hour clearing those up this morning. Similar fights and wandering groups of battling "yoots" have been reported with increasing frequency this month.

Back on May 1, a pretty typical summer street mess erupted outside of Hydrate, a 4 a.m.-licensed bar at 3458 North Halsted.

In that case, arriving officers twice called for additional units to help break up the debacle, which one cop described as "a large group....with [multiple] batteries in progress, people running around, we got everything."

It took officers 45 minutes to quell that one.

- Catalytic converter thefts. A witness managed to see one in progress near Addison and Janssen around 4 a.m. Saturday. The offender was driving a burnt orange-colored Dodge Challenger.

- Here's an interesting tale that came our way. A tactical unit that is ordinarily assigned to the West Side's rough'n'tumble Harrison District was assigned to patrol Clark Street in Wrigleyville from late Friday night until early Saturday.

The officers, who regularly work a more rugged part of town, twice asked if specific Clark Street addresses had been deemed "gang hot spots"--a formal designation that would allow the officers to disperse suspicious people who are loitering in the area.

Neither location had been officially designated a "hot spot," so the individuals were left to their own devices.

FWIW, no addresses within Wrigleyville or Boystown are designated "hot spots," even though several locations would surely qualify. Belmont and Sheffield comes to mind. So do a couple of places outside of Wrigleyville bars where drug deals are conducted openly.

Our understanding from multiple sources is that our local politicians previously refused to allow such designations in the touristy areas because it wouldn't look good.

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